MDS Monday – Digital Dry Embossing Technique

Our challenge for this MDS Monday sketch was to use mostly white on white with just a pop of color. I created this scrapbook page to highlight this recent photo of our granddaughter-in-law and her three girls. They are all so lovely!

Digital scrapbook page featuring a faux dry embossing technique

This is the sketch:

MDSM82 sketch

I used a drop shadow to allow the doily to show up against the white background. I played around with overlays to see if I could get the background with a dry embossed look. By experimenting with the color of the overlay and the color, opacity, blur, and offset of the drop shadow, I was able to get a pretty good simulation of dry embossing. What do you think?

Here is what I did. I applied the Decorative Overlays stamp brush set – flourishes (129880) and changed the color to Whisper White. Then I changed the drop shadow to -40% opacity, blur 5, offset x=0, y=0 and the color to Smoky Slate. If you aren’t familiar with the drop shadow function, let me explain. Opacity is how transparent the drop shadow it, the default is -25%. Blur refers to how wide the drop shadow is. 5 is the default but you can increase the width up to full. Offset is how close to the image is. In this page, I wanted the shadow to be tight up against the image. I urge you to play around with the drop image function. It gives depth to your project. However, it can also make your elements look like they are in front of the page, not part of the page. Experimentation to see what gives you the desired effect is important.

Here’s another tip for you. I wanted to use the color picker function to recolor the satin ribbon knot to match one of the colors in the blue jacket. I first tried recoloring Whisper White ribbon but the color was too light so I went darker. I finally chose Basic Gray ribbon and got the desired depth of color.

I challenge you to create a scrapbook page or greeting card using this technique to simulate dry embossing. When you finish it, email it to me and I’ll share it on this blog.

for more detail about the supplies I used and to order them, just click on the images below.

Terrific Tuesday – Snowflake Card Thinlit Dies Version 2

A week or so ago, I wrote a post about the new Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies. Here is that post. Today I have another version of that card that my stamping groups made this past weekend.

hand crafted Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit DiesI used Soft Sky (131203) and Lost Lagoon (133679) cardstock and the wonderful, exciting Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) for this card. We stamped Merry Christmas from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood-128748, clear-127802) stamped in Lost Lagoon ink (133644) on the back side of the snowflake.

I love these Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies! If you haven’t ordered your set yet, I urge you to click this link and get it ordered! These dies will make stunning Christmas cards which will stand out from the rest of the cards that are sent to your family and friends.

Since today is Terrific Tuesday, I want to call your attention to the terrific Weekly Deals for this week. I know I am going to stock up on the gold ribbon while the price is right!

New Photopolymer Set – You’re Wonderful

Samples of You're Wonderful Photopolymer Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!Stampin’ Up! has released a new photopolymer stamp set called You’re Wonderful (139158). The samples above were created by Stampin’ Up!’s creative crew. Aren’t they wonderful? Think about all the occasions you can use this stamp set for. With the open design of the images, it is perfect for demonstrating your Blendabilities skills as well. One of the things I really like about this set is that the sayings are curved and sized to fit in the banners around the word ‘wonderful’. And look at the daffodil stamp! I think this is the first time Stampin’ Up! has had a daffodil stamp.

This index shows all the stamps in the setl Click ion the index more details and to order the set. Often times the photopolymer stamps either get sold out quickly or at least go onto backorder soon after they are released. If you like this one, be sure to order it right away so you don’t get disappointed.

You're Wonderful indice

Terrific Tuesday – World Traveler

Digital frameable wall art using World Traveler Photobook TemplateThe World Traveler Photobook Template (130066) is one of the new Weekly Deals for the week of 9-9-14. Somehow, I missed the great papers and embellishments of this download when it was first introduced and had not bought it. I’m glad it is now available at 40% off. All the components of the wall art are from the kit except for the ribbon. Check out the details of this and the other Weekly Deals by clicking on the links below and then order your favorite.

MDS Monday – Why I Love MDS

digital scrapbook page titled I Love SunsetsCan you guess from the number of posts I do that are digital samples? I do love MDS! The main reason is that I can change my mind about a color or design of designer series paper without ruining a ton of supplies. I played around with the colors on this scrapbook page for well over an hour trying out one and then another just for the backgrounds and the lettering. Then I spend more time changing the color of the mats and changing out the dsp used in the sun. Gosh…I love playing with the colors and with MDS!

This page is for the MDS Monday challenge 81. The challenge was to create a page about something I love. I thought of my kids/grandkids/great-grandkids but how could I single out pictures of just a couple of them? Then I thought about the great ladies and the fun we have at the Stampin” Up! workshops I teach. Again, how could I choose just a few? So I settled on sunsets. I love sunsets! I could never paint a sunset as stunning as those God creates and I am content to just take pictures of them.

The sketch looks like this:

MDS Monday challenge sketch 81My pictures are stunning enough so I only used designer series paper for the sun. I used the color picker to color in the rectangles in the background. Since the pictures say it all, I omitted the journaling box.  I always want texture in my backgrounds so I added the Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 9 . This wrinkled paper overlay is one of my favorites!

If you are like me and like to try different papers, colors and shapes when creating to find just the perfect combination but don’t like to waste supplies, then you would love working with My Digital Studio! To order your copy of the program, just click on the links below. I’m only a few keystrokes away in the form of an email when you need help or ideas.

Supplies:

MDS Monday – Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Style

Whoosh…what a chore it was to finish this Project Life style scrapbook page! I kept getting java error messages but with perseverance I was able to work in spite of the error messages. I finally checked for page errors and found that I had a corrupt file for one of the embellishments. I had deleted the embellishment but the layer it was in didn’t delete. I finally started all over again with a new project and stayed away from that embellishment. I had no trouble the second time.

Here is the sketch:

Project Life style sketch for MDS Monday Challenge 80And here is my page:

digital scrapbook page Project Life style for MDS Monday Challenge 80Here are the downloads I used:

Click on the images to see what the downloads include and to order them. Now it is your turn to create a page following the sketch in general. Have fun and then upload it here.

 

 

 

Terrific Tuesday – Lots of MDS Downloads!

Digital fall card using the For All Things stamp brush setTerrific Tuesday brings you a wonderful selection of new digital downloads. Last Thursday the digital downloads that are pictured in the Holiday seasonal catalog were released. I missed sharing them with you then because Ron and I were busy celebrating our 50th anniversary. Today we got three more downloads. Click on the links to see the details of the downloads and to order them.

Isn’t that Dracula candy bar wrap in a coffin darling! But I digress. I created the card above to showcase the Color Me Fall digital designer series paper and the For All Things stamp brush set. I love how they coordinate and how the leaf looks like it is mesh. I copied and pasted it in place to make the image a little stronger so it would stand out from the busy background. This card came together very quickly. I highly recommend you order both the designer series paper and the stamp set!

Holiday Seasonal Catalog is here!

handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit

It’s not too soon to be starting to make your Christmas cards and the Holiday Seasonal catalog has wonderful stamp sets and supplies with which to make them. The best news is that you can order from the catalog beginning tomorrow, Aug 28! What? You don’t have one? Well I’d be delighted to send you one for FREE. Email me with your phone number and best time to call you so we can have a conversation about how you can get one totally free from me.

Do you love the label card and circle card thinlits? Then you will be excited as I am to see this Snowflake card thinlit in the new catalog! It even has the thinlits to cut out snowflakes. And to make it even sweeter, the thinlits will cut the Glimmer paper! Yay!

This Snowflake card thinlit is part of the All Is Calm Suite which has beautiful designer series paper, coordinating stamp sets, and embellishments. Check out this suite on pgs 20 – 23 in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog.

The supplies needed for this card are below. Click on the links to order them through my online store.

Terrific Tuesday – New Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals imageWelcome to Terrific Tuesday. For some families in the U.S., today is a terrific Tuesday because the kids are going back to school. For stampers and paper crafters, Tuesdays are terrific because we get new terrific deals from Stampin’ Up! and the deals this week are no exception. Check them out. Some of the deals can help you save money on your supply of embellishments and some may be items you have wanted to purchase but haven’t done so. After checking them out, click on the images of your favorites to go to my online store to order them.

MDS Monday – Using Overlays

Digital birthday card using a  Natural Composition OverlayHere is my version of the MDS Monday 79 challenge to use an overlay on our projects. When I saw this beautiful floral lace overlay in my files, I decided to create a feminine birthday card. Our sketch looks like this

sketch for MDS Monday 79 challengeI didn’t want to cover up the beautiful lace so I kept the elements rather small. I substituted the greeting on a tag for the photo on the right and flowers for the other photos. While the leaves aren’t in the sketch, I just had to add them. The tag is colored Whisper White but it was so strong a color in contrast to the flowers that I decreased the opacity to 60% and got just the right color.

Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? It is a fun way to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items using MDS. Here are some of the benefits of this program:

  • You have a complete paper-crafting room in the amount of space of your computer and maybe a printer. All you need to add is cardstock, scissors, and adhesive if you want to make hybrid and 3-D projects.
  • Getting set up to create is just a matter of opening the program on your computer. There is no gathering supplies.
  • When you try something and it doesn’t look right, all you have to do it delete it and begin again or change out a greeting or designer series paper. There is no wasted paper.
  • MDS downloads do not retire so the ones you buy are available as long as you have the program. This means that if you are also a traditional stamper, you can print out the digital version of some of the designer series papers when you run out and you can print out just the patterns you like. Again, no waste of having papers you don’t like lying around.
  • If you are into digital photography like so many of us, your photos are stored on your computer. By designing digital scrapbook pages with MDS, you save the steps of printing out your photo and then cropping it before you can scrap it. MDS even allows you to enlarge and shrink your photos to fit you need.
  • Stampin’ Up! has an excellent printer who calibrates their inks so that your scrapbook pages and cards come back from the printer with colors that match the ribbon and embellishments you have on hand. This makes hybrid pages so easy!
  • Finally, when you are finished working on your project or have to quit, there is no clean up. All you have to do is save your project and close out the program.

Have I convinced you to give MDS a try? It is not difficult to learn and I am happy to help you get started. You have three ways to order it, with a digital download, a software disc, or even try it for 30 days for FREE. Click on one of the links below to order through my online store.

Supplies used:
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background
Card Stock/Very Vanilla
Embellishments
Festive Blooms (131327) – whisper white 2 and 5
Bright Blooms (130876) – melon mambo 5
Stamps
Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 12, Color = STRAWBERRY SLUSH 239,79,117
Elementary Elegance – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Spring to Life Kit (133026) – leaves 2, Color = MOSSY MEADOW 109,108,46
Punches
Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) – curvy square frame punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255